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Deadline for USDA conservation program is June 14

Landowners interested in signing up for a conservation program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture have about two weeks to complete applications.

According to a news release from the USDA, the Conservation Stewardship Program will provide about $175 million to fund up to an additional 12.6 million acres.

Natural Resources Conservation Service officials said in the release that although applications are accepted all year, landowners need to submit applications by June 14 to their local NRCS office to be considered for this year’s funding.

The deadline was extended from May 31.

The voluntary program is used by farmers, ranchers and forestland owners who are willing to take additional steps to enhance conservation efforts and promote wildlife habitat.

A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types.

For the checklist and additional information, go to the CSP website http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp/ or contact your local RCS office.

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